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Review: The Acquisition Series by Celia Aaron

The Acquisition Series
by Celia Aaron
Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Summary: Darkness lurks in the heart of the Louisiana elite, and only one will be able to rule them as Sovereign. Sinclair Vinemont will compete for the title, and has acquired Stella Rousseau for that very purpose. Breaking her is part of the game. Loving her is the most dangerous play of all.

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Buy Councilor (Book 1): Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Buy Magnate (Book 2): Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Buy Sovereign (Book 3): Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Buy Sinclair (Prequel Novella): Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads

After how much I loveloveloved Nate I was so ready for another Celia Aaron novel. The Aquisition series stood out to me as such an interesting concept. A sexually depraved secret society of Louisianna’s old money families that have a demented rape-y hunger games every ten years to pick a new leader? SIGN ME UP!

Sinclair is your typical, tortured, depraved romance hero. Aaron does a stellar job in see-sawing him between his depravity and humanity so while we’ve read this type of guy before, Sinclair is extremely well done and three-dimensional

I wanted her to do it again, to knock my mask off so she could see the real me, the one who wanted to make it hurt, to fuck her, to make her scream. Her fear was easier for me to deal with than her anger. Her anger made me want to push her further, to take her to the edge, to make her beg me for something, anything. Her anger spurred me on to break her.

Sinclair Vinemont, Councilor by Celia Aaron

Stella is your typical, spit-fire heroine. Her horror over what she’s going through as well as her compassion for the other two Acquisitions competing reminds me much of Katniss from the Hunger Games.

The plot of this novel is anything BUT typical however and THAT, Constant Readers, is what makes it easy to suspend belief for this roller coaster ride of an impossible situation. Councilor ends on a cliffhanger – like NO ONE in the romance community I love cliffhangers – so I nearly punched my finger through my kindle pressing the “BUY” button for book two.

Magnate is one of those books where a lot happens but also nothing really happens. As most second novels in romance trilogies, there is a lot of back and forth between Sinclair and Stella, which personally I love. Her chemistry with second brother Lucious had me all kinds of torn, wanting her to scratch that itch but also wanting her to stay true to Sinclair. A lot of side characters also got their fair share of the spotlight in this installment which really breathed some life into the series. The book ends on yet another cliffhanger, leaving all characters determined end this sick, twisted game once and for all.

I would come out the other side. And when I did, I would burn the entire Acquisition to the ground.

–Stella Rousseau, Magnate by Celia Aaron

Sovereign was easily my favorite book and the perfect ending to this series. A lot of authors botch the final book but Celia Aaron drove this one out of the park. Didn’t love the absence of Sinclair for the majority of the book but I appreciated it as a way to move the story forward. My favorite scene of the entire series was the Christmas Trial. I’m hoping it was just Celia Aaron’s superb storytelling and not some childhood trauma that made that scene particularly enjoyable.

Watching Sinclair and Stella finally move into something more like love was also extremely gratifying. Sinclair is a grade-A asshole in many scenes in Sovereign but his tender moments are as moving as his asshole scenes are infuriating.

I wanted to be the one who was finally made to pay for my sins. But instead of retribution, she’d granted me love.

– Sinclair Vinemont, Soveriegn by Celia Aaron

The conclusion of this series was stunning and I did not see it coming. At All. Which is saying something as most authors I’ve read in the romance genre play their hand far too soon.

Highly recommend this series for anyone who can handle going to a VERY dark place with their romance and enjoys the back and forth between characters.

 

Have you read any of The Acquisition Series by Celia Aaron? What did you think? Comment below or @ me on twitter @dianneinwriting

 

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